Making Changes Program

The Making Changes program has been designed specifically for offenders with a moderate to high risk of general reoffending and substance use issues.

The program has different versions for male and female offenders and runs for approximately eight months

Key treatment areas include:

  • core beliefs and cognitive distortions
  • emotional management
  • substance use
  • relationships and social functioning
  • communication skills and conflict resolution
  • empathy and victim awareness and
  • safety and self-management planning.

An offender is assessed for suitability for this program after sentencing and an individual plan is developed.
This plan is monitored by case managers.

If an offender has any questions about the program or their plan they should contact their case manager.

Making Changes Modified Program

The MC-Modified program is a low-moderate intensity (70 hour) program designed to address general offending with a drug and alcohol component.

The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with elements of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance and Desistance Theory.

The MC-Modified program has been designed for delivery primarily in remote and rural locations where there are smaller offender cohorts.

The program features 8 modules, namely:

  • The Beginning
  • Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance
  • Offence Mapping
  • Managing Emotions
  • Monitor Thinking – Modify Thinking
  • Substance Use
  • Relationships
  • Safety Planning.

An offender is assessed for suitability for this program after sentencing and an individual plan is developed.
This plan is monitored by case managers.

If an offender has any questions about the program or their plan they should contact their case manager.